Razer Blade 15 Advanced vs the Base Model – which one to Choose?

22nd June 2020
Razer Blade 15" Base or Advanced Model

Razer have released the new Blade 15, with a base and an advanced model. But which should you choose?

The new Razer Blade 15 is the 2020 edition and has either base or advanced model options, so let’s take a look at them.

Cosmetically from a distance, they look exactly the same. The only way to tell the difference is if you bring them close together. The base model is slightly thicker and it also has a couple of different ports. They both have the same amount of USB Type C and USB 3.0, but with the advanced model, you get a full-size SD card slot, which the last model didn’t have.

Razer Blade 15 front open side view
Razer Blade 15 Base Model

You have the ability to use the type C ports to charge the laptop. One Thunderbolt three, one USB 3.2. You can use either one to charge the laptop up to a hundred Watts, USB Type C. It’s not going to charge your laptop while you’re gaming, but you can use a USB Type C cable to charge overnight and it will charge the battery to full. The base model does not have an SD card slot, but you do get a full-size Ethernet jack, which you don’t get on the advanced model. Unfortunately, even though this has the same amount of USB type C ports, and one of them is still Thunderbolt 3, you cannot charge the base model using USB type C. Internally you have to make some decisions because the base model gives you the advantage of having a second slot for a second drive.

Both of the drives on the advanced end base, have the same read and write speeds, but you do get a smaller battery with the base model, 65 watt-hours compared to 80. However, the battery life difference between both of these products is very insignificant. You have two slots for your RAM, expandable up to 64GB swappable WiFi, six cards, but you do get a vapour chamber cooling solution with the advanced model compared to just your regular fans and copper heat pipes on the base model. Now does the vapour chamber really make that big of a difference? We think it does, but in this situation, we’re just not seeing it.

Razer Blade Stealth 13" front open view
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model

The advanced model is running the i7 10th Gen CPU, this has 8 Cores, the 875. Whereas the base model is the i7 10th Gen 750, this is running with 6 Cores. Even though the advanced has a vapour chamber, and both of these laptops can thermal boost to 5.1GHz, this base is maintaining a 2.4Ghz clock speed when all cores are under load, compared to 3.0Ghz on the 6 Core part. That’s a big difference in terms of speed. If you’re a content creator to the 2 extra cores are nice, but Razer is so conservative with their cooling that they never allow this laptop to get hotter than 80 degrees Celsius.

Another advantage of the advanced models that you get a 300Hz display. You do get a lower response time, 3 milliseconds compared to five with the 144Hz display on the base model. You also get Windows Hello with the advanced model, whereas on the base model it’s just a standard webcam. One thing to note is the base model has a different hinge system. This allows the screen to tilt backwards more, whereas it’s a little more limited with the advanced model.

The keyboard layout and design are the same on both models and haven’t changed since last year. The only difference is that the shift key on the right-hand side is now bigger. It’s a lot easier to access compared to the previous one. The other thing to note is RGB. If you like per-key RGB, you can only do that with the advanced model, with the base model you’re stuck to using zones. Trackpad size is still big and it’s using windows precision driver. It’s a fantastic trackpad.

The razor blade 15 continues to be one of the best looking and well -constructed gaming laptops on the market. But if you’re a gamer first and you’re looking at these things, don’t waste your money on the advanced model, but if you’re a content creator who likes to game, then obviously the advanced model makes more sense. The 2 extra cores help you have the SD card slot, the slightly better speakers, the list goes on.

The Razer Blade 15 base model is available to Flexi-Lease over 3 years, with our warranty and telephone technical suport, from £15.10 per week (+VAT) or on our Pure-Rental solution at £12.83 per week (+VAT). While the Razer Blade 15 advanced model is available on Flexi-Lease at £22.70 per week (+VAT) or Pure-Rental at £19.29 per week (+VAT).

Here at HardSoft, we have a range of Razer laptops to suit everyone, all available to Flexi-Lease with affordable monthly payments, meaning you get to hang on to your cash flow and get access to Razer’s latest technology. Find out more about our Pure-Rental solution here.

Whether you’re purely business or a hardcore gamer at heart, we have a Razer for you. Contact our sales team for details on leasing by calling 020 7111 1643 or email sales@hardsoft.co.uk